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Education: Teacher centred or Learner centred always? [closed]

I have heard about 'Teacher Centred Education' and 'Learner Centred Education'. I believe these approaches become significant especially in elementary classes only. Considering these two terms we ...
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Do theories come from observations or do they determine what is observed?

While re-reading Shimon Malin’s “Nature Loves to Hide” I was trying to get a better grasp of the distinction between Ernst Mach’s philosophy that theory comes from observable magnitudes alone and what ...
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Is topology of cultural ideas and concepts studied in modern philosophy?

I am going to mumble about couple of things I really don't know and I am going to ask for guidance and further reading material. There is a field of mathematics called topology which studies ...
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Inductive approach and descriptive research

Descriptive research is often said to take a deductive approach and is quantitative in nature. Can it also be inductive when little is know about the topic? Is there not a contradiction then? I am a ...
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Value for money [closed]

Is there a point at which value for money as a concept becomes a folly? For example at what point does the press's clammer for cheaper energy bills means that investment in key infrastructure falls to ...
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When studying philosophy, is there a prioritization of primary or secondary sources/texts?

How do/did philosophers like Zizek, Cornel West, Derrida, Sartre study philosohy? Did they focus on primary sources or secondary? Both at the same time? I am currently reading a primary source and ...
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Reasons to think that metaphysical theories express contingent truths

In a paper I read recently, the author claims that metaphysical theories such as Determinism or Materialism/Physicalism may be regarded as contingent truths. I take Determinism and Materialism/...
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Why should we listen to Michel Foucault if he based his arguments on biased historical claims?

I have only recently heard about philosophical ideas of Michel Foucault from a friend of mine. His claims, those concerning madness for example, sound iconoclastic to me. After looking up some ...
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Why does Quine expand the underdetermination thesis through his global holism?

Quine's application of the problem of underdetermination took the thesis to be a problem not only for physics (as Duhem before him), nor even for the particular sciences, but for any and all theories ...
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What does “speculative” exactly mean in philosophy? [duplicate]

Recently, I read a lot about "Speculative Realism" being the (not that) new kid in town. But what does "speculative" or "speculation" exactly mean in the domain of philosophy? What exactly ...
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Is deconstruction not a method because methodologies are mechanistic?

Deconstruction is a commonly used term in contemporary literary theory as well as philosophy. In Letter to a Japanese Friend, Derrida indicates that Deconstruction is "not a method" and cannot be ...
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Can anyone help me find critical published responses to this paper?

Research and discovery of counterarguments has quite a lot to do with philosophy as a practice, and I'm hoping to improve on my technique and see what others can do. In line with this, I have a ...